Spelling Bee

Date: March 2016
Location: Robert Morris University- Charles L. Sewall Center
Address: 6001 University Blvd, Pittsburgh, PA 15108

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is proud to present the 67th Annual Western Pennsylvania Spelling Bee. The event will take place in March 2017 at the Charles L. Sewall Center on Robert Morris University’s campus. The winner of this event will receive an all-expense paid trip to represent our region at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., in May 2017.

How to enroll
In order for a student to participate in the Western Pa. Spelling Bee, his or her school must enroll with the Scripps National Spelling Bee by the deadline on Wednesday, October 14, 2016. Schools can enroll by visiting www.spellingbee.com and paying the $145 entry fee. The fee for an individual home school family that is not part of a home school association is $102. Enrollment at the Scripps website will also serve as registration for the Western Pa. Spelling Bee.

School eligibility
To enroll, a school must be part of the Post-Gazette’s spelling bee territory which includes the following counties: Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Bedford, Blair, Butler, Cambria, Cameron, Clarion, Clearfield, Crawford, Elk, Fayette, Forest, Greene, Indiana, Jefferson, Lawrence, McKean, Mercer (except the city of Sharon), Potter, Somerset, Venango, Warren, Washington and Westmoreland. *The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette sponsors only the Huntingdon School District within Huntingdon County

Student eligibility
Each enrolled school can send one (1) representative to the Western Pa. Spelling Bee. Students must not have passed beyond eighth grade on or before February 1, 2017. A participant must not have reached his or her 15th birthday on or before August 31, 2016. Schools are encouraged, but not required, to hold a school-wide Spelling Bee by February 19, 2017, to choose their representative. Please note: Students from a school that is not registered with the Scripps National Spelling Bee organization WILL NOT be permitted to participate in the Western Pa. Spelling Bee.

Benefits of enrollment
In addition to satisfying the eligibility requirements to send one student to the Western Pa. Spelling Bee, enrollment earns a school everything needed to conduct a Spelling Bee, such as study materials for students, a Pronouncers Guide for teachers, rules and certificates.

Important dates
Oct. 14, 2016 ‐ Deadline to enroll your school at www.spellingbee.com and due date for the $145 enrollment fee. Your enrollment also registers your school with the Post-Gazette for the Western Pa. Spelling Bee.

Dec. 12, 2016 ‐ Late-enrollment deadline, subject to $75 late fee after October 14, 2016

Feb. 19, 2016 ‐ Deadline to submit the name of one (1) student who will represent your school at the Western Pa. Spelling Bee. Visit your school’s log-in page at www.spellingbee.com to register your speller.

March 03, 2017 ‐ Schools and participating students will be notified about their specific start time for the Western Pa. Spelling Bee.

March 2017 ‐ Western Pa. Spelling Bee at the Charles L. Sewall Center at Robert Morris University

May 2017 ‐ Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.

For more information
To learn more about the Western Pa. Spelling Bee, contact Andrea Krushinski at akrushinski@post-gazette.com or 412-263-3518.

Robert Morris University

2014 Western Pa. Spelling Bee results
2013 Western Pa. Spelling Bee results
2012 Western Pa. Spelling Bee results
2011 Western Pa. Spelling Bee results
2010 Western Pa. Spelling Bee results
2009 Western Pa. Spelling Bee results


Spelling Bee rules
Where did the term "spelling bee" come from?
Past champions